Published Mar 31. 2023 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Apr 2. 2023

Black Peacock Spider

Here we will be tying the Black & Peacock Spider in the edition Thomas C. Ivens. His version came later than the original version of this fly that was from Scotland actually. I've used Thomas version a lot and with great results. The materials are simple and are as described in the pattern text below. The fly is a great option for stream water fishing but it also works in still water.

However the original Black Spider actually originated in Scotland by a James Baillie and was tied originally with hook, dark brown thread and Starling hackle which was wrapped around the thread and taken backwards three turns. The Black Spider pattern is at least 150 years old. There are actually just three ‘spider’ patterns - Black, Red and Dotterel, all developed in the Tweed. Other types were North Country flies, Clyde Style and Tummel Style. However these information I just got and updated the video description and didn't know this when I made the video. :) The Black Spider can also be tied as a dry fly. Both options are worth to have. The Black Spider wet fly catches both brown trout and arctic char. The fly is simple to tie and totally worth keeping a few in your box when you head out fishing. Nowadays people are tying all sort of versions of the Spider flies, some called Blue Bottle and Red Bottle, and some other versions as well. These info are mainly from one person - notice that the Black Spider has been and may have been tied slightly differently in other places like Ireland, Wales and England. :)


Author: Thomas Coleman Ivens (1921-1988), (James Baillie tied the original version).
Hook: Trout double hook #12
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 50D black.
Body: Peacock hearl 4-6 strands.
Hackle: Black hen or cock, (preferably soft fiber). Originally was used Sterling feather.
Head: UV Solarez Bone Cure.

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